After a bidding war across the mainstream media blogs, Dan Hodges has signed up to the Telegraph, which is sure to put a few noses out of joint.
“On Thursday morning I got a call from Throatdeep. There had been “an editorial meeting”. This, I knew, was bad. No good ever came from editorial meetings.
The party “incident” had been discussed. Ed’s team were apparently unhappy. Their people had been talking to our people. Three issues had been identified: me and Ralph Nader; the fact that week’s interview between Ed Miliband and Mehdi Hasan hadn’t been featured prominently on the front of the magazine”
He’s blown open the truth about why he left the New Statesman, leaving Ed’s office and the Staggers with red faces:
“And that was it. I shook hands with Throatdeep, in that awkward way men do when they know their paths are diverging. I should give it until Friday, he said. That was fine, I responded. Unless he heard from me, he should take it I’d resigned.
And resign I did. In that dignified and time-honoured manner so beloved of Westminster insiders: the story was leaked to Guido Fawkes.
Did I jump? Was I pushed? Did I flounce? The answer to all three is yes.”
Ed Miliband’s press office tweeted a public denial of any pressure from them:
Hodges has left some parts of the story in code. So Guido thought he would decrypt them for you:
- “One long-serving staff member” – Mehdi Hasan
- ThroatDeep – Obviously Jon Bernstein
- Ms. Orange – Total Politics political editor Amber Elliott.
Guido won’t hold his breath for an apology after the New Statesman trashed his story at the beginning of the week. He’ll let you be the judge…